It always baffles us when a show as heavily invested in a long arc or larger mythology like Supernatural chooses to switch focus to a “one and done” story. This early into a new season, though, it is slightly less worrisome, though. After all, if Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) can’t make leeway on the biggest issue at hand—which right now is finding Kevin (Osric Chau)—they might as well take on what they know like the backs of their hands, right? And that’s fighting monsters, one week at a time.
The third episode of Supernatural’s eight season, “Heartache,” was one such “monster of the week” episode, but this one had a special twist: it was directed by series star Ackles himself. Let’s recap the episode and see how he did, shall we?